Uttarakhand News

HC to Hospitals: Treating accident victims constitutional duty, don’t insist on FIR

Uttarakhand High Court directed all health institutions in the state to treat accident victims and emergency cases without insisting that an FIR be registered.  The court order said that hospitals should provide medical assistance to accident victims as it was their constitutional duty. In its order, the divisional bench of justice Rajiv Sharma and Lokpal Singh directed all sub-district/sub divisional hospitals, special centers, primary health centers (PHC), community health centres, district hospitals, tertiary hospitals to treat accident victims and other emergency cases without insisting for registration of FIR.

The high court also singled out three hospitals in Nainital, namely B D Pandey (Male) Government District Hospital, B D Pandey (Female) Government District Hospital and GB Pant hospital for not working as per norms. The court also gave directions to state government to establish trauma centre with essential equipment in every district within three months.

The court also said that it was aware of the financial crunch faced by Uttarakhand government and said it was the duty of the Centre to provide special health package to hill states to maintain and improve public health and asked Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to release special funds.

Original News by Times of India, reported by Vineet Upadhyay